Collection of essays originally published 1931-1998
"A Karen and Michael Braziller Book."
A hanging / George Orwell -- The guilty vicarage / W.H. Auden -- Writing and analyzing a story / Eudora Welty -- The ignored lesson of Anne Frank / Bruno Bettelheim -- Letter from Birmingham jail / Martin Luther King Jr. -- Georgia O'Keefe / Joan Didion -- The cowboy and his cow / Edward Abbey -- Huck at 100 / Leo Marx -- In praise of the humble comma / Pico Iyer -- When free speech was first condemned : the trial of Socrates reconsidered / I.F. Stone -- Mother tongue / Amy Tan -- Becoming a doctor / Lewis Thomas -- How Mr. Dewey Decimal saved my life / Barbara Kingsolver -- Is hunting ethical? / Ann S. Causey -- The fine art of baloney detection / Carl Sagan -- Space is numeric / Ellen Ullman -- Lying in the tall grasses, eating cane / Opal Palmer Adisa